Kazakhstan - 01

Kazakhstan: Signs of Unrest in the Succession Process

Over the last week, new details have emerged about the recent arrest of Baglan Mailybayev, the first deputy head of the Akorda, and his aide Nikolai Galikhin. (Mailybayev was replaced by former ambassador to Russia Marat Tazhin on 12 January.) Soon after his dismissal, Mailybayev and his aide were arrested by the National Security Committee (KNB) on espionage charges. Horizon contacts in Astana report that both officials are suspected of spying for Russia.

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